- 10 months ago
- Wedding: City, State
I’m in a similar situation – been kind of an activity-free lump for a couple years, and I’m just now trying to start moving and exercising again!
I swam for a while, which was great, but the chlorine was starting to dry out my skin so I stopped going often. (I have sensitive dry skin anyway, so this probably isn’t a problem for “normal” people.)
I absolutely love rock climbing, but I don’t have anyone local to go with and the auto-belays at the gym aren’t super challenging.
Pole fitness is a heck of a workout. My cousin used to teach it, so I took a class when I was visiting her and I was so sore! It was fun, but the classes in my city are out of my price range.
Martial arts can be great and there’s a big variety, so you can get as hardcore as you want. I took Jeet Kune Do and only quit because the instructor stopped offering classes. Tae Kwon Do was what I took when I was younger and I loved it. I had knee issues crop up, though, and had to stop for a while, then just never started back up. I thought about getting back into it, but I had a lot of anxiety about sparring and belt testing, so if I ever get back into martial arts, it’ll be something that doesn’t test. I tried Hap Ki Do but was struggling with neck problems at the time, so grappling was kind of dangerous and I stopped going.
I just joined a gym today and plan on working out 3 times a week. I’m dreading it, but I figure if I want to do any other activities, I’ll need to build muscle first, so the gym is a good place to start. I may hate it, but it’ll give me the satisfaction of being active and help to boost my confidence. I fell off a horse a couple years ago and that triggered a string of issues, including a herniated disc, so I’ve been sedentary and lost a lot of muscle mass, and I’ve lost a lot of confidence in myself as a result.
But yeah, highly recommend swimming, martial arts, rock climbing, and pole fitness!